Clear Thought – Roy Hargrove
A medium-up song with open-ended harmonies and an irregular form. Parts are available for the sextet arrangement.
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- Recording: New York Stories - New York Stories
- Recorded on: February 16-17, 1992
- Label: Blue Note (CDP7-98959-2)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Roy Hargrove
- Alto Sax - Bobby Watson
- Tenor Sax - Joshua Redman
- Guitar - Danny Gatton
- Piano - Franck Amsallem
- Bass - Charles Fambrough
- Drums - Yoron Israel
At the beginning of the C section, the rhythm section finally goes to a 4-feel—but only for four measures, with more hits on the last two. The head is repeated twice, with an extra melody note added in the third measure the second time around.
Solos use a 4-feel throughout, though on the recording tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman's solo is accompanied by the rhythm section figures from the head.
About the arrangement: Second and third horn parts are available, as well as piano and bass parts. The horns are harmonized throughout the head; they're voiced mostly in stacked thirds. On the first, second and fifth measures, the second and third parts hit with the rhythm section; in a few places, they leave out pickup figures in the melody. On the recording, both the piano and guitar comp for the solos; it's not easy to tell exactly what guitarist Danny Gatton is doing on the head, but at least some of the time he appears to be doubling the alto sax second part. The rhythm section figures in the third measure should be noted: the bass plays beat 4, while the piano "answers" with a chord on the "and" of 4. Both piano and bass tie over into the fourth measure.
October 16, 1969 – November 2, 2018
Roy Hargrove was a pioneer in modern hard-bop jazz and is widely regarded as one of the best trumpeters to emerge from the 1990s. As a high school student in Waco, Texas, young Roy met Wynton Marsalis in 1987. Impressed with the young man's talent, Wynton encouraged Roy. In April, 1988, while still a teenager, Roy traveled to NYC and slept on the couch in Don Sickler's rehearsal studio in preparation for his recording debut in the big leagues with Don ("Superblue"). Before leaving New York on that trip he also recorded with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson ("No Question About It"). Read more...